The sloka “Tamaso ma jyotirgamaya,” which means “Lead me from darkness to light,” contains the spirit of Diwali.
There are numerous tales pertaining to the Diwali celebration.
Diwali is a subtle reminder to all of us that life is more than simply a journey and that we are all actively seeking knowledge and the truth.
People in Northern India celebrate the Festival of Lights to commemorate Lord Ram’s return to Ayodhya with Seeta and his brother Lakshman following a 14-year exile. While in South India, it represents Lord Krishna’s victory over the monster Narakasura. Both ultimately serve to remind us of the necessity of neutralising negative forces while enhancing positive ones.
Diwali is related in Western India with the myth that on this day, Lord Vishnu in his fifth incarnation as Vamana freed Lakshmi from King Bali’s jail. This is another justification for Goddess Lakshmi’s adoration and invocation during Diwali.
Diwali (Lakshmi Pujan/Amavasya) is the darkest night of the year. And our ancestors have taught us to overcome darkness with light. May joy and wealth come with the festival of lights. Here’s hoping that this festival of beauty offers you sparkling sparkles of contentment that last with you throughout the days to come as the sacred occasion of Diwali approaches and the air is filled with the spirit of merriment and love.
Wishing you a Happy Diwali and Prosperous New Year!
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